Creative Collaboration: Pierre Frey & Hutton Home

Creative Collaboration: Pierre Frey & Hutton Home

I have long been a fan of Pierre Frey and their beautiful line of fabrics and home furnishings. From their own esteemed signature line, to the gorgeous Braquenie collection of document patterns, the Italian luxury of Fadini Borghi and the modern cheerful prints at Boussac, the house represents a distinguished provenance of timeless design and craftsmanship.

I was excited to learn that, for the first time in the company’s history, they have launched a creative collaboration bringing an outside firm into their flagship US showroom in New York. What a treat to see the inclusion of the well respected Hutton Home Collection, beautifully upholstered in Pierre Frey’s latest fabrics, in their lovely space!…

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Seeing the Light at Illumé

Seeing the Light at Illumé

Someone reminded me recently of the Charles Eames quote, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” It is so true and is one of the hallmark differences between good and great. As projects come to a close, sometimes final finishing touches can be lost, as interest wanes or budgets bulge. One detail that can be overlooked is the lampshade, but it is like the jewelry in the room, the final dressing detail.

Perhaps one reason it is an under appreciated asset is that it is difficult to find a good source. Well no longer. With the recent opening of Illumé in New York City, the search is over.…

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Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl and Blanco

Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl and Blanco

Along with a few other alumnae of the original BlogTour in London last September, I was invited by Modenus to participate, when the British and some new US bloggers recently convened, for BlogTourNYC.  On our first morning, we visited the showroom of luxury kitchen company Poggenpohl. As you may remember we had been to their fabulous Waterloo space in London last fall. One of the many aspects of Poggenpohl I love is their collaborative nature – in this case with upscale sink and faucet manufacturer Blanco – the perfect symbiotic relationship!!

Beginning with a tour of products and the showroom, Blanco presented some of their latest and greatest, which indeed are, and work beautifully within the handsome Poggenpohl framework.…

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At the Movies with Lalique

At the Movies with Lalique

Reader alert – for those of you expecting a regular movie review, please note that this is an At the Movies of a slightly different sort. Creative collaborations have been springing up all over in both fashion and decor. I reported last month about the spectacular table Philip Gorrivan designed in conjunction with Lalique for the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner. Inspired by Lalique’s famous crystal on the Normandie, his table harkened back to the ocean liner’s famous deco designs.

I was interested in discovering more of what was going on with this iconic company and was thrilled to learn that they have many exciting plans in the works to update the brand, building on their distinguished heritage.…

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Architectural Digest Home Show 2012 – part 2

Architectural Digest Home Show 2012 – part 2

Among the many categories of excellence at the AD Home Show was lighting. After reading a piece earlier in the year on BlogTourNYC participant David John’s site here, I had been eagerly anticipating seeing the work of Brooklyn based Bec Brittain. Happily her booth did not disappoint. Her distinctive LED pieces are not just lighting but sculptural works of art. I was not surprised to learn that she has degrees in both industrial design and architecture as clearly both these disciplines inform her work.

The only negative in featuring her lights is that they are very hard to shoot.…

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Old & New at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2012

Old & New at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2012

What a fabulous show this year! With the British and American participants from BlogTourNYC here and Modenus‘ fun Marys and Mimosas event, there were many delightful social distractions, yet still time to discover and visit with some wonderful exhibitors at the Architectural Digest Home Show.

I was thrilled to see friend Larry Ruhl with a booth this year for his wonderful store High Falls Mercantile.

It’s all about the patina here and Larry’s particular blend of upscale rustic chic encompasses a wide variety of unique products including his new painted furniture line with a lovely selection of color finishes.

Beautifully merchandised, the store carries a signature line of home furnishings from upholstery, rugs and artwork to bedding and bath items as well as a well curated assortment of charming gift products.…

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DIFFA Dining by Design 2012 Part 2

DIFFA Dining by Design 2012 Part 2

All the tables at the DIFFA Dining by Design event this year were beautiful. Editing the selection down was a difficult task and please know that if a table was not included here, it might just mean that I did not have good enough photographs or information!

It was especially fun to see the lovely Maya Romanoff table when we had just visited the showroom the day before. Designed by Roger Thomas, whose collection for the house will be launching this spring, the glamorous gold toned tablescape was like a glittering woodland wonderland. Featuring their Fabricadazzle™ as drapery, chair banners, and table skirt, the fabric can also be used as a wallcovering.…

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DIFFA Dining by Design at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2012

DIFFA Dining by Design at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2012

A week of amazing design inspiration has me (and my photo file) on visual overload. Contemplating where to even start, I thought I’d actually work a bit backwards, beginning with the always fabulous DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by Design event at the Architectural Digest Home Show. Tablescapes benefitting this worthwhile cause, draw major industry notables and this year’s creations were especially spectacular. Here is a sampling of a few of the incredible tables.

The talented Tilton Fenwick team took their inspiration from the colorful Christian Lacroix fabric Vuelta, which makes reference to the flowers thrown to bullfighters after their matches and the bouquets of carnations Lacroix receives after his runway shows.…

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My Day at Oscar – the Furs

My Day at Oscar – the Furs

It all began with the furs. The new collection at Richards was the ultimate temptation. In fabulous spring colors and fun wearable styles, it beckoned me every time I passed by. I think I tried on every coat or jacket in my size – on numerous occasions! Friend Linda Levy made the introduction to the charming Anthony Orlando, Director of Retail Sales for the division. It wasn’t long before we were chatting away and I was addicted. And as things go, one thing led to another…

Like everything Oscar touches, the furs are simply sublime. An essential part of the fall collection, it is difficult to separate them from the rest of the line, as with the incredible paillette and beaded silk gown worn with the fabulous black goat and fringed mink coat above.…

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My Day at Oscar – the Accessories

My Day at Oscar – the Accessories

You may not have realized how many coordinated collections there are under the Oscar umbrella. It makes adding to the look so easy and fun – supplement with as little or as much as you like – the layering is key. Oscar de la Renta’s fashion jewelry line is a bold take on accessorizing. I adore the chunky statement quality of the pieces that can hold their own against the embellished styles of the season.

Take a look at some shots from the runway to see how it’s done.

Naturally, color coordinated with the collection, ice and rosé were the color story du jour.…

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